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The Last Stoic by [Wade, Morgan]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 625 KB
  • Print Length: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Hidden Brook Press (3 Jun. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A9MKOI2
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #536,023 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I have often thought that modern day USA resembles a little too much for its own good the last days of the Roman Empire, and I'm obviously not the only one. This book takes the resemblance and turns it into an interesting single story of two young men whose parallel lives take the same path despite being a couple of thousand years apart.

Running through the story in both eras is The Meditations which turns up at unexpected moments to offer food for thought, solace, and a link to sanity. In fact, the material on which to meditate in this book is so interesting, I'm going to download it asap.

The story is sometimes a little confusing, but it doesn't take long to understand what the author is trying to achieve. Each chapter follows on from the previous one in the other time period. Mark has an experience in one chapter which is followed by Marcus doing what comes next in his time period. You don't get to reread what Marcus' version of the experience was beyond the initial introductory chapters. It's an interesting way of writing.

The descriptions of Roman life are colourful, as you'd imagine, but as corrupt and debauched as the descriptions of modern day US. I didn't understand who was supposed to be the last Stoic in 21st century US because all the chapters dealing with him directly happened in Rome. Intentionally, perhaps.

Anyway, an unusual read.
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I'm always impressed when a writer successfully brings to life a place and time so different from our own. Wade has a wonderful gift for evoking mood and atmosphere, coupled with an intelligent sense for drama. In The Last Stoic, he skillfully weaves two story lines together, his gentle use of philosophy allowing the reader to learn, but also to reach her own conclusions.

Tellingly, nearly a year after reading it, several scenes are still imprinted on my mind.
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This fine debut novel by Kingstonian Morgan Wade offers both literary innovation and incisive political commentary. Set both in ancient Rome as well as contemporary north America, the novel seamlessly moves at an Irvine-Welsh compelling pace, alternating between two sets of corresponding characters, from the contemporary to the ancient. Wade's inspiration allows him to compellingly depict for us a dystopia that is painfully reminiscent of our everyday worlds: a post George W. Bush, Patriot Act America, and a Security Certificate, no sunset clause Canada, steeped in the discourse of inevitable war. His portrayals of the nightmare of a security state, and the attempt to find one's way in its thrall, invite comparisons to Steven Heighton's depiction of bureaucratic horror on the Chinese-Tibetan frontier in his Every Lost Country. The solace of Marcus Aurelius' Meditations stands as a shadow of rationality against the carnivalesque of the politics of terror. Looking forward to more from this author.
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I never really did manage to get to grips with the links between the two time periods or what the link was between Mark/Marcus and Patrick/Patricus, and I'm not sure the author actually tried to explain them. I lost interest in the disjointed, disconnected plot.
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Morgan Wade's debut novel, "The Last Stoic," is not a typical read for me, but I was quickly drawn in by his innovative form and muscular prose. I love fiction that brings history to life, and also sheds light on our current times and Wade accomplishes both of these. Set in both the ancient Roman Empire and contemporary post-911 America, Wade draws parallels between these two times, using the words of philosopher Marcus Aurelius. Wade's work is well-written, well-researched and makes you think. I would recommend this for a book-club looking to stretch their reading horizons.
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